Peppermint is similar to trees in that it must be watered multiple times before becoming a fully grown bush capable of being harvested. However, it is similar to a crop in terms of its size, as a fully grown peppermint really only grows to the size of say, Wheat or Sunflowers. Peppermint can be purchased from the store for 200 coins for a single bush (or 190 coins, if you have the store discount active in your game, as seen at right). This is planted in a very small circular plot of land, similar to a tree.
You'll need to come back and water the Peppermint every four hours to help it grow. A single watering costs a single energy, and you'll gain experience points (or perhaps coins, if you're lucky) for watering the bush. Once it has grown to full size, you'll be able to harvest it for "fruit," with fruit being produced every four hours.
When harvesting or tending your Peppermint plants, you'll have a chance to come across items in the Peppermint Collection, which asks you to find five new items:
Turning in this collection rewards you with a Peppermint Extract item and 100 XP.
You'll need to tend to some Peppermint plants when completing the Prairie Pox quests, so it might be smart to purchase some of these plants for your homestead now, so that you can water/harvest them immediately when you get to that step.
It's great to see new plants being added to FrontierVille, and we'll be sure to let you know if Zynga keeps it up with other new crops/plants in the future.
What do you think of the Peppermint plant in FrontierVille? Will you replace any of your trees with these smaller bushes? Let us know in the comments.